Fantasia Mediterranea – 11 Nights/10 Days – 2020
Discover Norman, Medieval and Baroque architecture, a stunning coastline, cathedrals, volcanoes, piazzas and so much more, during this Mediterranean tour.
Rome • Naples • Pompeii • Sorrento • Capri • Palermo • Monreale • Erice • Saline della Laguna • Agrigento • Piazza Armerina • Ragusa Ibla • Noto • Siracusa • Taormina
- Tour of Pompeii with “Skip the Line” and a lunch with an authentic Neapolitan pizza and 1 drink included
- Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri
- Entrance tickets to all archaeological sites included!
- Saline della Laguna boat trip* & Lunch!
- Baroque Sicily!
May 3 • 17 • 31
June 14 • 28
August 16 • 30
September 13 • 27
March 2021 21
Double $3599.00AUD per person.
Double $3750.00AUD per person.
HOTEL TOURIST CATEGORY
Rome Rome Garden 3* – Santa Costanza 4*
Sorrento Central 4* – Cristina 4*
Palermo Mercure 4*
Agrigento Della Valle 4*
Ragusa Poggio del Sole 4*
Area Taormina Antares 4*
HOTEL 1st CATEGORY
Rome Bettoja Hotels 4*
Sorrento Michelangelo 4* – Grand Hotel Vesuvio 4*
Palermo Mercure 4*
Agrigento Della Valle 4*
Ragusa Poggio del Sole 4*
Area Taormina Antares 4*
The Tour includes:
- Transportation by deluxe coach
- Monolingual tour-escort in English
- Accommodation in 4 star or 3 star hotels
- Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergies or dietary requirements)
- Entrance tickets when included in the itinerary
The Tour does not include:
- Porterage service
- Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
- City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
*Due to technical and/or logistical issues, itineraries can be amended.
**Rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.
DAY 1 ROME
Benvenuti a Roma! After you touch down at the airport, make your own way to your hotel. Check in and enjoy your first night in Italy.
DAY 2 ROME • NAPLES • POMPEII • SORRENTO
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 7:00 am.
Travel by coach heading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. You have the opportunity to climb up to Vomero hill, where you can enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples, including Mount Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city of Naples below. This provides an opportunity to take some great pictures. Descending towards the port of Mergellina, you will leave the city and travel South towards Mount Vesuvius and, once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will have a traditional Neapolitan lunch. After lunch, you will visit one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: the ruins of Pompeii – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour. Visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii, traveling back in time to the tragic days in 79AD when the silent Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ashes and poisonous gases, leaving this prosperous city crystallised in time. You’ll learn how people lived at that time, visiting houses and “bars”, admiring frescoes and mosaics to imagine how rich and prosperous was the city before that fateful day. After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: jacket for men) and overnight in your new hotel.
DAY 3 SORRENTO • CAPRI • SORRENTO
After breakfast, get ready for an exciting excursion to the island of Capri: one of the most exclusive summer destinations in the Mediterranean! Depending on weather and sea conditions, you will admire the dreamy Blue Grotto via a small rowboat. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own leisure. Once you are back on the mainland, you will return to the hotel for dinner and your last night in Sorrento.
DAY 4 SORRENTO • PALERMO (OVERNIGHT ON FERRY BOAT)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, then spend a leisurely morning exploring Sorrento. In the afternoon, you will visit the port of Naples, where you will board on the Tirrenia/Snav ferry to Palermo. Let the waves rock you to sleep as you travel through the night. Dinner and breakfast are not included on the ferry.
DAY 5 PALERMO
When you arrive in Palermo, you will transfer to your hotel. You will enjoy dinner in the hotel and have the chance rest before enjoying the adventure that lies ahead.
DAY 6 PALERMO
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and then head out on a morning excursion to Monreale, an ancient royal town famous for its almonds, olive oil and citrus fruits, as well as for its fine Norman architecture. Monreale has recently been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will visit the elaborate Cathedral of Monreale and then enjoy shopping for local food and souvenirs. When you travel back to Palermo, you will continue with a walking tour of the city. Wander the streets of the Old Town, hearing tales of Palermo’s 3,000-year history and discovering attractions like Palermo Cathedral. Walk inside the impressive-looking place of worship and marvel at its arches, cupolas and mosaics – with an incredible mix of influences coming from several dominations on the island. Enjoy free time in the late afternoon and return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 7 PALERMO • ERICE • SALINE DELLA LAGUNA • AGRIGENTO
After an early breakfast, you will travel to Erice, a Medieval village stacked into the side of Monte San Giuliano. Many say that little has changed in the village since the sixth century, and its labyrinth-like twist of lanes is perfect for a cool and pleasant morning amble. Followin is a visit to a nature reserve, Saline della Laguna in the Province of Trapani between the municipalities of Trapani and Paceco on the west coast of Sicily. The Saline is an extraordinary lagoon, where history, nature, archeology find a perfect synthesis and allow visitors to experinece something quite unique. There is also is a saline work museum in an old salt mill. Enjoy a boat trip to the nearby islands and “Stagnone di Marsala”, which is a one of a kind archaeological and natural phenomenon. The boats have been especially designed to navigate in the lagoon because at low tide the depth is only 25cm. With a helpful audioguide, you will admire all the islands of the lagoon of the Stagnone up close, remaining comfortably seated in the boat, sailing at a speed of 4 knots. You will pass from the Island of Mozia, Isola Lunga, Isola di Schola, from the Ancient Via Punica Sommersa. Subsequently, enjoy your lunch in a restaurant by the lagoon. Return to your coach and travel to Agrigento, the final destination of the day. Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the Valley of Temples (entrance included) – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and learn about archaeological relics like the Classical Temple of Concord the Temple of Hercules; the Temple of Jupiter, one of the largest Doric-style buildings. Check in to your hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 AGRIGENTO • PIAZZA ARMERINA • RAGUSA IBLA • RAGUSA
After breakfast in your hotel, you will travel to Piazza Armerina; a pretty historic town nestled into the heart of Sicily. You will visit the Villa Romana del Casale to admire the largest, richest and most complex Roman mosaics in the world. It is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. The mosaics, spread over 3,500m2, show mythological scenes and portrayals of historical daily life. Depart to Ragusa and visit the enchanting historical centre of Ibla. Ibla has stunning baroque palaces and churches; together with the other seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the old gate of San Giorgio, the Giardini Iblei and then walk to Piazza Pola where you will visit the church of San Giuseppe: a little gem. Be enchanted by the elegant Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Church of the Souls in Purgatory and the magnificent Cosentini palace, one of the most interesting late Baroque palaces in Sicily! Arrive at your Hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 RAGUSA • NOTO • SIRACUSA • TAORMINA
Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Noto, a picturesque fishing town popular for its stately Baroque architecture. Visit Cathedral of San Nicolò, recently restored after a earthquake, and then have a nice walk in the town’s center. Continue along the south coast to Syracuse, on Sicily’s southeastern tip. Visit “Parco Archeologico della Neapolis”, Syracuse’s famous archaeological area, home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. Head inside to see impressive landmarks such as the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone cave. After the visit, cross one of the city’s bridges for a visit to the island of Ortygia – the most ancient part of Syracuse – home to a wealth of Baroque churches and medieval palaces. In the late afternoon arrive in Taormina, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.
DAY 10 TAORMINA
After breakfast in your you will travel to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. Learn about volcanic activity and marvel at the old lava fields and black magma rock that comprises Etna’s landscape. If weather permits, you have a chance to climb to the summit (1800 m). Afterwards, you will return to Taormina, the beautiful, romantic town located on Mount Tauro. You can then spend the rest of your day in Taormina at your leisure. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 11 TAORMINA
Enjoy one final breakfast before the tour comes to an end.
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